Richard Evans has been named PepsiCo UK and Ireland president after Salman Amin was promoted to PepsiCo executive vice-president sales and marketing based in New York.

Evans has been general manager of Walkers Snack Foods since 2007 having been with PepsiCo since 1990.

Amin, who spent four years in the role, has been credited with reversing the fortunes of the UK business through improving the health credentials of Walkers Crisps, Tropicana and Quaker.

As part of his newly created role Amin will report directly to PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi on global brands and marketing responsibilities.